Disable a network topology

A network topology is disabled to perform administrative tasks on a utility network. Such tasks include managing network rules, creating tiers, modifying terminal configurations, and so on. It is also suggested that the network topology be disabled for improved performance when importing large amounts of data or generous collections of associations and subnetwork controllers.


Review the usage notes for specific tools to see the required state for the network topology.

It is not recommended to perform general editing work while the topology is disabled. Edits that occur while the network topology is disabled are not tracked by dirty areas. When a network topology is disabled, a single dirty area covering the network is created. Dirty areas also remain for any features with errors. When the network topology is enabled again, all outstanding edits are validated.

To learn more, see Network topology and Utility network management tasks.


When working with an enterprise geodatabase, the Input Utility Network value can be from a service or a database connection.

The following requirements must be met to disable a network topology:

  • When working with an enterprise geodatabase, the connected ArcGIS Enterprise portal account must be the portal utility network owner.
  • An exclusive schema lock is present; this process cannot run while edits are taking place.
  • If taking place in a named version, edits must be saved.

If referencing a utility network from a service, the time-out setting can be adjusted for longer-running enable and disable operations. See Tune and configure services.

Disable a network topology

Follow these steps to disable a network topology:

  1. On the Analysis tab, in the Geoprocessing group, click Tools Tools to open the Geoprocessing pane.
  2. In the Geoprocessing pane, search for and select Disable Network Topology.
  3. For Input Utility Network, specify a utility network.
  4. Click Run.

    Any editing operations that take place are put in a queue until the operation completes.

  5. The network topology has been disabled for the specified utility network. A single dirty area covers the extent of the utility network service territory. In addition, dirty areas that represent features with errors remain. When the network topology is enabled again, all outstanding edits are validated.

    To work with tracing and diagrams, the network topology must be enabled again. If the topology is disabled in a named version, the reconcile process can be used to inherit the state from the default branch version.